Work on Shoreham memorial reaches a milestone

The memorial is a tribute to the eleven men who died

Work has begun to install a memorial to the eleven men who died in the Shoreham Airshow tragedy in August 2015.

It has been three years since a Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 during the airshow in the Sussex town.

A pedestrian footbridge across the nearby River Adur has become an unofficial memorial to the men. Now the area will be the home of a permanent memorial, designed by two local artists.

Eleven arches will be put up beside a bridge over the River Adur. The two artists, Jane Fordham and David Parfitt, have spent many months on the design for the memorial. The structures have been designed in consultation with the mens' families, and each individual arch is a personalised tribute to one of the victims. Malcolm Shaw has been to see the memorial being created.

The eleven men being remembered in the memorial were Maurice Rex Abrahams, Dylan Archer, Anthony David Brightwell, Matthew James Grimstone, Matthew Wesley Jones, James Graham Mallinson, Mark Alexander Reeves, Jacob Henry Schilt, Richard Jonathan Smith, Mark James Trussler and Daniele Gaetano Polito.

Small scale model of the memorial
Artists David Parfitt and Jane Fordham at work
Julia Fordham holds up an artist's impression of the memorial, which they hope to have put in place by the end of the year